Mercedes GL-Class

Mercedes GL-class information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Merc’s giant seven-seat SUV. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the GL car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

Background
Merc ML not big enough? Then the Mercedes-Benz GL-class is for you. The supersized Merc SUV packs three rows of seats to accommodate seven, proper off-road ability (like real owners need that!) and chunky looks. For more information on the Mercedes GL-class, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test
This is the giant of the SUV scene, a huge 4x4 that’s supersized to beyond 5.1 metres long. That girth means there’s space for three rows of seats and, just like the Land Rover Discovery, you’ll fit in all seven seats comfortably. The flip side is that this car often feels too big for Europe’s roads; you might pine for the wider lanes of America, where space is less of an issue. It makes for a practical family car otherwise, but the GL is betraying its decade-old roots with a drive that’s not as competitive as rivals’. Refinement is ok, but the performance and handling are muted. It’s also pricey, costing from £60k and the madcap AMG one tops out at beyond £90k. Startling.

The one we’d buy
GL350 Bluetec 

The one we’d avoid like the plague
GL63 AMG

Rivals to consider
BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover, Toyota Land Cruiser

For
Huge space, seven seats

Against
Not the sharpest Merc to drive, ageing design, high running costs

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